A New York Daily News reporter remarked, “The thoroughbred race horse is a genetic mistake. It runs too fast, its frame is too large, and its legs are far too small. As long as mankind demands that it run at high speeds under stressful conditions, horses will die at racetracks.”
Today we are recording a special episode to have an in depth conversation about the horse racing industry and the fate that awaits race horses when they finish their racing career. This afternoon the 148th Kentucky Derby will be run right here in our hometown of Louisville, KY. More than 150,000 people will pile into Churchill Downs and more than 15 million more will watch from around the world as 20 horses compete in what’s known as the “fastest two minutes in sports.” The unparalleled history, tradition, and unique spectacle of the event draw some of the world’s biggest names each year, but they also continue to bring up conversations about the safety of horse racing.
Joining us for today’s special episode is Allison Bowling, Co-Founder and President of Red Feather Farm Sanctuary in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Red Feather Farm Sanctuary is home 27 full-time equine residents and 6 off the track equine residents and a number of other species including pigs, goats, turkeys, donkeys, and mini mules.
To stay updated on Red Feather Farm Sanctuary, find them on Facebook and Instagram or visit their website at redfeatherfarmsanctuary.org. Donation are accepted via their website and on Paypal or Venmo.
For more information on Butterfly Valley Rescue and Sanctuary visit butterflyvalleyrescue.com.